LatinaLista — Today the Department of Homeland Security released a sudden press release to say that ICE Assistant Secretary Julie Myers is leaving November 15.
Resigning Assistant Secretary of ICE Julie Myers.
According to the press release, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff claims that Myers told him about her resignation in September. In fact, he wants everyone to know that she told him in September:
Assistant Secretary Julie Myers has announced that she will depart the department on Nov. 15. Julie has been an extraordinary Assistant Secretary for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and when she approached me in mid-September to discuss her departure, I knew this would be a loss for the department. Julie has been a major force in transforming ICE into a 21st century law enforcement agency.
If that were the case, why wasn’t this announced sooner? Since their boss wasn’t running for re-election, the excuse, or maybe alibi is a better word, should not have been a factor in delaying announcing this piece of news.
As a result of its timing, many people inside and outside the blogosphere see a curious connection with Julie Myers’ resignation and the fact that there is now an investigation into who leaked to the media the illegal immigration status of Barack Obama’s aunt.
If there is anything we’ve learned in observing the people who serve in this administration it’s that there are no coincidences or accidents — everything is a calculated move.
The clearest writing Latina Lista has found that intelligently connects the dots in this matter and illustrates the unlikelihood that Myers resignation is just odd timing is from Tim Dickinson at Rolling Stone.
From this list of three careerist immigration officials and one deeply controversial political appointee the choice of a prime suspect isn’t difficult.
Myers is a loyal Bushie whose appointment was a clear case of nepotism — she is both the niece of Gen. Richard Myers and is married to John F. Wood the chief of staff for the homeland security secretary, Michael Chertoff.
Myers was such a controversial pick that she was initially installed at ICE in 2006 via a recess appointment, and she was not confirmed by the Senate until last December.
If this still sounds implausible to you, let’s remember that it is this same administration that was found guilty of leaking the name of CIA agent Valerie Plame to the media.
It is said that the Department of Homeland Security is conducting an internal investigation into who leaked the immigration status of Obama’s aunt.
Just to keep appearances of transparency, Congress should demand the investigation be conducted by an outside law enforcement agency with its own independent investigators. The culprit should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law for not just leaking the information but abusing the confidentiality they were entrusted by virtue of their position.
The truth will come out — but probably not until Obama’s administration because if there is one expectation left of the Bush Administration it is to not have one, especially with one dealing with the truth.